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RATINGS: 753   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Black Note blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout. The combination is aged in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months. The result is a malty harmony of dark chocolate, espresso and dried fruit notes, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel. Aimed squarely at the stout aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
artmcd8 (1607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 2012: 2 months after bottling. From the bottle to a snifter. Definitely bourbon. That’s all I really get in the nose. Interested to see what it’s like in a year. Light brown head that quickly dissipates. Front end of the taste is bourbon, back end you taste/smell the cream and malts, chocolate, coffee. The mouth feel is perfectly smooth. This is how a beer should feel.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chudwick (2144) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - SEP 14, 2014
12oz offering from the sacrificial AndyReynolds (2014 vintage) - nose is chocolate, vanilla, oak and molasses/brown sugar. Sip adds bourbon, coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Bitter of the dark chocolate variety. Numbs muh gums. Still sweet though. Mild to moderate booze factor. A sipper for sure. Well rounded.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slowrunner77 (1743) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"1st off, big thanks to Heybeerman for steppin up and sending me this gem. Split a bottle 3 1/2 ways last night, and will probably revisit when I have a full bottle, by itself, one day soon. My original impression, just from the the aroma was that this was leaning slightly more towards the Double Cream Stout than Expedition, and that turned out to be true in the flavor as well. But both beers are there, giving this a nice rich body, and layers of complexity. The barreling was also a little more prevelant than expected. I really have to nit pick to find anything "wrong" with this beer, but if I had to say something, gimme a tiny bit more expedition and a tiny bit less barrel, and this bad boy may get a perfect 5. Sooooooo smooth and tasty. Held it’s own with a nice batch of Speedway and BA Speedway, two of my favorites."

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petkus331 (263) - Redford, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Strong raisin and prune aroma with mild molasses and nearly hidden cocoa. Apppears clear dark brown, some brown head. Tastes of sweet caramel and raisin up front followed by a somewhat balancing charred toast bitterness. Palate is a bit watery for the style. Overall, good in small doses with a sweet food that will mellow the sweetness of the beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
firstsip (434) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Tap. Pitch black. Nice, small lingering brown head. Creamy body. Nose is strong raisin, alcohol. ABV very apparent in taste. Some malty bitterness followed by the stronger tastes of raisin, dark fruits. A biiiiit unbalanced.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1305) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 2, 2014
2014 bottle. Black. Huge bourbon in the aroma, slight heat, molasses, cocoa. A bit creamy, massive palate, huge bourbon character, nice bitterness. Fantastic.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigda83 (204) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2014
12 oz bottle - 2014. Pours black with a small foamy brown head. Aroma was different and not what I was expecting or used to with this style. I got raisin, plum, caramel, wood, light bourbon, and sweet malt. Taste is some chocolate, a bit of bourbon, woody, and sweet malts. Full body, some bitter mixed in, and a bit dry to finish. Solid stout.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle. 12 oz. 2014 Vintage. Pours deep black with an amber head and smooth, tightly-bubbled head. Aroma is heavy on the licorice, molasses, dried figs, cocoa, dark cherries, oak and bourbon. Taste is smooth; bitter coffee, cocoa, Hershey syrup, and espresso. The bitterness in the finish is phenomenal. Beautiful, rich, bitter and creamy. Excellent beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
uckelman (267) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2014
Pours opaque and dark brown. Hardly any head. Aroma is rich and oaky, hints of vanilla. The bourbon barrel is definitely in evidence here. Lovely velvety texture. Long, ashy, malty finish with a bit of burn. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarauckelman (182) - Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2014
Very dark reddish brown with oily film. The smell is glorious, full of oak, bourbon, molasses, fruitcake. The taste rolls through the mouth from dark to molasses to bright to bourbon and an aftertaste of coffee. This is extremely excellent.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
lb4lb (2546) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2014
smells like soy sauce. light bourbon, vanilla, and savory meaty smoky soy sauce. blech. Taste is roasty, rich, dry, oak, chocolate, light bourbon and some soy sauce notes. Rich body. creamy. Not my favorite. Reminds me of expedition but with some light bourbon. Nothing special.


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